Military Schools A Quick History

Widely considered the most disciplined and demanding style of middle, junior and high school education, schools based on “the military arts” have been in existence since the early 1700’s.

Founded in Europe as a means of educating future military officers (one of the reasons students at many military schools are referred to as “cadets”), most military schools were operated directly by a country’s government and were primarily reserved for the sons of affluent families, military and governmental leaders.

Similarly, the first US military schools emerged in the late 1700’s and were designed to prepare the sons of the country’s most prominent families for a military career.

Today, the United States’ military school tradition is one of the strongest in the world. Now open to students of both genders and from all walks of life, military education focuses on core values such as leadership, citizenship and service. They also provide rigorous curriculae in a highly regimented, highly disciplined environment – one that is not always appropriate or effective for students struggling with emotional and/or behavioral concerns.

Teens who are troubled by depression, low self-esteem, oppositional or defiant behaviors or substance abuse may not receive the physical and/or emotional care or treatment they need in a military school environment.

In fact, while military schools are often considered a viable option for students who are simply too distracted by social involvements or who are under-performing in a regular educational setting, teens diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, drug or alcohol dependency or other emotional, social or academic issues need the professional support and treatment provided by a therapeutic or “emotional growth” school.